Parenting and Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions

Many persons accused of crimes are focused on the question: “am I going to jail?” However, there is a host of other collateral consequences to criminal convictions in Alabama. In fact there is a whole website maintained by the ABA listing these types of consequences to a criminal convictions. (It is 82 pages long!!)

The conviction for a crime can even greatly impact your rights as a parent.

For instance, a conviction and incarceration for a felony is specifically a ground for termination of parental rights in Alabama. Ala. Code § 12-15-319

Or a conviction for domestic violence raises a presumption that your should not have custody. See Ala. Code § 30-3-131.

In every proceeding where there is at issue a dispute as to the custody of a child, a determination by the court that domestic or family violence has occurred raises a rebuttable presumption by the court that it is detrimental to the child and not in the best interest of the child to be placed in sole custody, joint legal custody, or joint physical custody with the perpetrator of domestic or family violence.
Of course, a conviction for any criminal offense might be used as general evidence in a custody case of any sort.